Take the Small Footprint Pledge

Your small steps to help the environment can have a big impact. Sign the Small Footprint Pledge at locations across Maryland Day to make at least one easy change in your personal habits. Choose from 12 options (such as switching to reusable shopping bags or shortening your showers by five minutes) and how long you plan to commit (a week, semester or year). Take home a copy of follow-through tips and proudly wear a sticker saying you’ve signed the pledge. Plus, get your photo taken for posting on social media using @SustainableUMD and #MarylandDay. Every hour, we'll update the number of pledge-takers and the total savings for waste, water and carbon dioxide at Pledge Home Base at the Big Top and the Office of Sustainability tents on McKeldin Mall.

Launch UMD

Hornbake Plaza
11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Budding student entrepreneurs, social activists and performers take the stage to pitch their big ideas to a live audience, hoping to win the cash they need to launch a project with global impact. Japan, Ethiopia, the Chesapeake Bay—where will you send our promising Terps this summer? Help select a winner and redeem a prize of your own.

Getting Here

Directions to get to Maryland Day by car, Metro and bike

Event Information

Getting around, finding food and media information

Social Media

#MarylandDay real-time social media tracker

Plan your day

Choose the events that most interest you and your family

  • Ag Day Avenue

What began more than 150 years ago as the Maryland Agricultural College has grown into a world-class public research institution. Explore Ag Day Avenue to learn why the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is not just about farming.

  • Arts Alley

Indulge your artistic talents and meet scores of student and faculty performers and artists. After taking in performances at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, head over to the Art/Sociology and Architecture buildings to see more creative events, and enjoy crafts at Tawes Plaza. Activities by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism and College of Education are also in this area.

  • Biz & Society Hill

Surround yourself with exhibits in business, public policy and the social sciences. Check out a variety of events for prospective students and parents. Explore our world of criminology and criminal justice in Woods Hall. And be sure to visit all the events in Memorial Chapel.

  • Science & Tech Way

Science—whether physics, biology, engineering, chemistry or mathematics—is for everyone. Learn about laser technology and extreme robotics, then get blasted in the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel. Explore skeletons, outer space, modern electronic devices and the weather.

  • Sports & Rec Row

Don’t miss the fun and energy-filled Sports & Rec Row. This area features some of our most challenging events. If you are a recreation fan, Eppley Recreation Center is the place to be. Climb the 55-foot-tall freestanding climbing wall or learn to kayak and paddleboard.

  • Terp Town Center

McKeldin Mall, McKeldin Library, the Stamp Student Union and the surrounding area become Terp Town Center. Learn about our schools and colleges, catch a live performance of the Higher Education Band under the Big Top Tent and find a bite to eat. Don’t miss the kids’ carnival featuring the new inline extreme air quad jumpers.

Maryland Day has something for everyone